FOREVER FRIENDS by Carin Berger
Kirkus Star

FOREVER FRIENDS

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Spring sparks a perennial friendship between bunny and bird, who frolic together until winter’s chill forces the bird south, promising a spring reunion. Past-tense narration may jar readers at first, but it signals early on this picture book’s original treatment of time and cyclical change. Shapes and comforting matte colors layer to create blossoms, mushrooms, meadows and trees, with satisfying, simple sweetness. Words come sparingly too, in soft, measured lines that bring heart to the minimal illustrations. Berger allows ephemera (shreds of newspapers, receipts, tickets) to peek out from under layers and around edges of artwork. These flashes of everyday, human bustle produce incredibly effective incongruence, keeping readers attuned to the artist’s powerful, honed depictions of nature. Her technique leaves readers poised to discern the grid of measured time in the graph paper on which she plants trees, to see how the snow in bunny’s winter night looks identical to bird’s far-away tropical stars and to feel both the animals’ shared loneliness and immutable connection. Sophisticated, sensitive and accessible, this picture book will offer new insights and pleasures with each season. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-191528-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2010




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